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Productivity Gains of the World Bank Assisted Fadama II Project: The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Experience

Joseph C. Umeh 1, Faith Ani 1, Peter I. Ate 1, and Ebele U. Umeh 2
1. Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
2. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Abstract—The study appraised the productivity gains of the World Bank Assisted Fadama II Project in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory. The respondents made up of 980 and 870 Beneficiaries and Non-Beneficiaries respectively were drawn adopting multi-stage stratified random sampling technique. Stochastic Production Function Model was used to estimate the elasticities of production and the technical efficiencies of the two groups. The estimated Stochastic Production Function discriminated between the two groups on the basis of the factors (improved seeds and fertilizers) which the project assisted the participants to acquire. Elasticities of production for both the Beneficiaries and Non-Beneficiaries were 0.9 and 1.06 respectively. The mean efficiency for Beneficiaries and Non-Beneficiaries were 0.79 and 0.73 respectively with a significant mean difference among the groups. Given the productivity differential between the groups it is recommended that Fadama II Project which has tackled the Nigerian rural agricultural productivity problem be universally adopted throughout the Nigerian agriculture sector.
 
Index Terms—Fadama II, productivity and technical efficiency

Cite: Joseph C. Umeh, Faith Ani, Peter I. Ate, and Ebele U. Umeh, "Productivity Gains of the World Bank Assisted Fadama II Project: The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Experience," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 180-185, September 2016. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.3.3.180-185
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